As we mentioned before the French model of aromatherapy prescribes undiluted topical application and ingestion of pure essential oils. Many French practitioners have found that taking the oils internally yields excellent benefits. This does not mean that you will not get the same benefit from applying topically or aromatically. In some cases, all three methods of application are interchangeable and may produce similar benefits.
So, let’s talk about skin. Sometimes it’s sensitive, sometimes it’s flawless. Sometimes it’s hot and sometimes it’s cold. It needs to be nourished with moisture and vitamins. Clearly it’s also a receptor of what goes into our body… after all, it’s our largest organ.
Typically you will want to apply your essential oils directly to the wrists, temples, behind ears, back of
neck, sinuses, stomach, feet, back and chest/throat, or over whatever organ you are supporting. We suggest applying about 1-2 drops at a time. You may want to dilute with a carrier oil depending on the issue and which essential oils you are using.
If you don't use a carrier you are applying your essential oils “neat”, meaning undiluted. That means, you are dropping one drop of oil into the palm of my hand or tip of your finger and rubbing it right on to the skin. Undiluted essential oils act fast and quick, and you should start feeling the benefits of the oil within minutes…
There are a lot of carrier oils to pick from…
Coconut oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, olive oil, wheat germ oil, flax seed oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil to just name a few... Most of these oils you will find in the FOOD section at your local market. Others are skin care oils… found in the BEAUTY section at most natural markets.
When making a topical “cream”, coconut oil is a great choice, because it has more of a creamy consistency when kept in a cool, dark place. One of our favorites is 1 cup of coconut oil and 10 drops each of Panaway, Valor and Peppermint.
One of the most effective and most pleasant ways of using essential oils is by diffusing them. If you bought the Premium Starter Kit, it came with a diffuser. All you have to do is fill it up to the fill line or red dot, depending on which diffuser you selected, and add a few drops of essential oil and turned it on! The directions say to add 6-12 drops of essential oil, but we suggest starting slowly with only 3 or 4 drops.
Oils are dispersed in a micro-fine vapor, allowing them to remain suspended in the air for extended periods of time. The diffuser disperses the oils without heating them so they retain their therapeutic benefits. When inhaled, the oils are easily absorbed through the lungs. Depending on the oil used, diffusing can cleanse the air of odor, calm overactive children, and support respiration.
Not all diffusers are created equal. Young Living uses only food grade plastic that won't break down with the potency of the extremely pure essential oils.
OK! Are you ready to dive in and just want a bit more info on how to USE essential oils? This is where you’ll begin… this is an “FAQ” document of sorts.
A few things first…
The oils that we are speaking of, are Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living has a Seed to Seal guarantee and a quality commitment like no other.
Secondly, if you are under the care of a physician, please seek their professional opinion on utilizing essential
oils. The statements here are based on OUR research and personal experiences.
Thirdly, we recommend picking up one of the essential oil reference books (linked below) for a PLETHORA of information on how to create your own plan for using essential oils.
So, let’s dig in…
Founder Gary Young, of Young Living, spent over 25 years becoming an expert in the field of essential oils. Over the years he has learned extensively about the three schools of thought on using essential oils: German, British/English and French.
The German perspective is to emphasize INHALATION of essential oils for the best benefits. Inhalation of oil molecules utilizes the lungs to put the oils directly into our bloodstream and brain (through our olfactory nerves).
Jane Buckle RN, PhD notes, for the British/English perspective, notes that diluted essential oils are best used topically as they are massaged into the skin. By this use, essential oils are mainly used for relaxation and management of stress (Clinical Aromatherapy by Jane Buckle, 2003).
And still the French doctors are confirming the use of essential oils in treating all sorts of health issues. The belief is that high-quality essential oils can be ingested, applied topically (some undiluted). Dr. Daniel Penoel, a French medical doctor, uses essential oils in the treatment of his patients claiming, “In my country, we’ve given millions and millions of clinical treatments with essential oils.”
He adds “In medical aromatherapy, and especially within the framework of urgent or intensive treatment, the objective is to get the essential oil to penetrate with its concentrated material energy (aromatic molecules) into the body. Not only do we want to achieve this penetration of matter, but we seek ways to facilitate and accelerate the speed of the penetration. While recognizing the extreme importance of massage and its irreplaceable value in all its aspects, the medical aromatherapist uses all three interfaces to get the aromatic ingredient in concentrated form in urgent combat with infection from bacteria, viruses and fungi. As soon as essential oil is mixed with vegetable oils, transcutaneous transfer (absorption through the skin) will be slowed. This is the exact opposite of medical aromatherapy’s goal to create high-speed penetration.” (Natural Home Health Care Using Essential Oils by Daniel Penoel, M.D., Rose-Marie Penoel, 1998, page 153.)
All of that said… due to Young Living’s seed to seal quality commitment they stand behind the use of all three
methods. Usage instructions are provided on the label of each individual bottle and additional usage instructions are available in the reference guides.
There is also a phone smartphone app called the Reference Guide for Essential Oils that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
The Essential Oil Pocket Reference, or the Essential Oil Desk Reference by Life Science Publishing are GREAT reference points for all essential oil lovers. (To order, just click the book cover below)
The Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils is also a great, easy to use guide. You can look up an ailment and it lists essential oils suggestions and provides some history on the oil and usage instructions. It’s an all-around great guide for jumping in. (To order, just click the book cover below)
Some of our favorite oils to take internally are peppermint, lemon and grapefruit for cleansing and detoxifying, Thieves blend for supporting a healthy immune system, but the best is...Orange! We put a drop in a glass of water and can taste the residual flavor all day long. (Note – citrus oils should only ever be used in glass containers. The acid from the oil can start to break down plastic…
There are some oils which should not be ingested (yes, even some of Young Living’s oils)… it all depends on the instructions on the back of the bottles.
Young Living has been diligent to include usage instructions right on the label… so follow those instructions and always do your own research and again consult your physician.